Genetic Stalking and Voyeurism: A New Challenge to Privacy

The University of Kansas Law Review, Vol. 57, No. 3, pp. 539-578, 2009

40 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2010

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Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2009

Abstract

A new website has just been launched with the URL of www.celebritygenetics.com (“Celebrity Genetics”). 1 Designed to appeal to the public’s seemingly insatiable appetite for information about celebrities, 2 Celebrity Genetics sells genetic information about hundreds of entertainers, politicians, athletes, and other public figures. For a fee ranging from twenty dollars to several hundred dollars, individuals and commercial publishers (such as blogs and tabloids) can purchase genetic information about selected celebrities, such as relatedness to other celebrities (e.g., paternity); ancestral place of origin; cognitive ability; behavioral genetic profile (e.g., genetic contribution to sexual orientation, propensity to addiction, and degree of risk-seeking behavior); and predisposition to various illnesses.

Keywords: genetics, privacy, invasion of privacy, gina, dna test, genetic nondiscrimination, nondiscrimination act

JEL Classification: K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., Genetic Stalking and Voyeurism: A New Challenge to Privacy (March 1, 2009). The University of Kansas Law Review, Vol. 57, No. 3, pp. 539-578, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1483344

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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